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Mapping Upper Canada, 1780-1867 : an annotated bibliography of manuscript and printed maps /
Joan Winearls.
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c1991.
xli, 986 p., [20] p. of plates : maps
0802027946 :
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Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c1991.
0802027946 :
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Includes indexes.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-02:
Winearls's goal was to record in this massive cartobibliography a complete list of the maps of Upper Canada made from 1780 to 1867 Upper Canada being all of southern Ontario and part of northern Ontario, namely that area south of a line extended east just north of the shorelines of Lake Huron and Lake Superior. Winearls began the work in the early 1970s and has since then visited more than 100 repositories and received several grants. The end result lists about 10,000 maps, two thirds in manuscript and one third printed, divided into three general categories: maps of the whole province; maps of regions; and maps of cities and towns. The introductory material (about 50 pages) clearly spells out the purpose of the work and gives background information useful to researchers, such as descriptions of the types of maps made. Bibliographical citations are extensive, often with notes, and each lists holding repositories. Two of the five appendixes are themselves quite extensive: township surveys, ca. 150 p., and urban subdivisions, ca. 275 p. The remaining appendixes, though far smaller, are quite useful, e.g., nautical charts, towns listed by county. Three indexes close the volume: names, subjects, and titles. This valuable reference work will be used not only for tracing pre-1867 maps of Ontario but also for place-name location and genealogical reference work. For all Canadian libraries; for US university reference collections, especially those supporting Canadian studies programs or located close to Canada.-M. L. Larsgaard, University of California, Santa Barbara
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The early face of what is now Ontario was documented in an extraordinary number of maps. Thousands of them have survived to the present day - maps of the area as a whole, its regions, and its cities and towns. In this bibliography Joan Winearls offers a guide to maps of the province of Upper Canada/Canada West, manuscript and printed, from the beginning of British settlement up to Confederation. Each entry includes a physical description of the map, brief annotations including associated documents and sources, and information about where the map is now found. The book as a whole provides a unique resource for historians, geographers, genealogists, surveyors, archaologists, and local history buffs. Appendices examine township surveys; registered plans of urban subdivisions, this describing much of the evolution of towns; nautical charts of the Great Lakes; and boundary surveys. The bibliography is fully indexed by author, place, and subject.

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